Open source note taking with Joplin Listed and Distributed


Article from Issue 223/2019

If you are looking for an open source alternative to Evernote, why not switch to Joplin?

Long before the digital age, it was commonplace to quickly jot something down, perhaps on a yellow sticky note. Today, there are countless electronic note-taking apps for every operating system. Some even reproduce the yellow stickies visually, while others offer additional functions such as to-do lists or reminders.

Well-integrated programs of this kind exist for the popular Linux desktops. However, exchanging data between different systems is often problematic. For example, the Xfce Notes app does not save changes immediately. If you synchronize the file with the notes at the wrong time, errors are inevitable. Furthermore, mobile operating systems are usually ignored.

Everyone has a different understanding of what makes a perfect notes app, but some basic features, like ease of use, are considered important by most. Ideally, the program supports the ability to attach images and other media. In addition, it should be easy to share the notes across devices with different operating systems, with automatic synchronization and conflict resolution added into the bargain. Last, but definitely not least, privacy must be guaranteed.


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